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UPDATE: Jackson County nursing home resident dies after testing positive for COVID-19

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Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 4:31 PM EDT
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Update 9:00 p.m.

A resident at Jackson Manor, the COVID-19-struck nursing home in Jackson County, has died.

Signature HealthCARE, which operates the facility, confirmed the death Monday night.

The facility did not release the victim's name to allow the family to mourn.

Jackson Manor has 21 positive resident cases in quarantine.

Nineteen staff members tested positive.

All staff who tested positive for the virus will not return to work without special and verified medical clearance.

Signature HealthCARE released this statement:

“Every resident loss, no matter the reason, is devastating for our entire facility,” said Chris Cox, Chief Operating Officer for Signature HealthCARE. “We consider all of our residents, family. The care, dedication and relentless commitment of our staff, for every resident, comes from a compassion that grows from a strong relationship that builds into that family. In this very difficult time, Signature HealthCARE of Jackson Manor asks that you keep this resident’s family in your thoughts and prayers as their loss is the greatest of all.”
Update 4/13/20

Last week, Governor Andy Beshear told us about how hard the pandemic was hitting Kentucky nursing homes. That includes a facility in Jackson County where half of the people there have tested positive for COVID-19.

talked to Jackson County's judge executive Monday.

"You don't really expect something like this to happen in a small town, and McKee, Jackson County, probably one of the smallest towns that they are in the state," said Judge Executive Shane Gabbard.

Gabbard says they believe someone, possibly a worker, went into Jackson Manor Nursing Home not knowing they were positive.

About 80 staff and residents have been tested and 40 people tested positive. That includes eight staff members who work there but do not live in Jackson County.

"We have four in the hospital, they were residents. Three of them are faring pretty good. One of them is in critical condition," said Gabbard.

Gabbard said county officials are trying to get more personal protective equipment for the workers there.